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Nordavia logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
  • 1963 (as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron)
  • 1991 (as AVL Arkhangelsk Airlines)
  • 2004 (as Aeroflot-Nord)
  • 2009 (as Nordavia)
Operating bases
Focus cities Pulkovo Airport
Fleet size 9
Destinations 21
Parent company Sky Invest[1]
Headquarters Talagi Airport
Arkhangelsk, Russia
Key people Vladimir Antonov (Chairman)[2]

Nordavia (Russian: Нордавиа), formerly known as Aeroflot-Nord (Аэрофлот-Норд), is an airline with its head office on the grounds of Talagi Airport in Arkhangelsk, Russia.[3] It mainly operates scheduled domestic and regional services. Its main bases are Talagi Airport and Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.[4] Nordavia is a joint-stock company.


An Aeroflot-Nord Antonov-24RV.
An Aeroflot-Nord Tupolev Tu-134A.

The airline was formed in 1963 as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron (Russian: Архангельский объединенный авиационный отряд) and became AVL Arkhangelsk Airlines (Архангельские воздушные линии) in 1991. In August 2004 Aeroflot acquired 51% of the airline, with the rest being held by Aviainvest. The company was renamed Aeroflot-Nord, becoming Aeroflot's second regional airline.[5] It joined the European Regions Airline Association in December 2006.

Since the contract with Aeroflot ended on 1 December 2009, the airline has operated independently as Nordavia.[6] Because of the bad press the subsidiary received following the Aeroflot Flight 821 disaster, and Russian aviation officials' 15 July 2009 imposition of restrictions (including a ban on international charter tours) on then Aeroflot-Nord flight operations due to insufficient security and bad finances, Aeroflot has distanced itself from Nordavia.[7]

In March 2011, Aeroflot sold the airline to Norilsk Nickel for a reported US$7 million. Kommersant has quoted experts who believe that Norilsk Nickel may merge Nordavia with Taimyr Air Company, which is already owned by the company.[8] On December 1, 2011 Norilsk Nickel reported that Nordavia is to be merged in Taimyr Air Company.[9]

In April 2017, it was announced that the airline would change its name to SmartAvia from Q3 2017. As well as the new name the airline will also introduce a new livery, the new livery will still be in NordAvia's colours consisting of blue, orange and grey but with a design that moves away from its Aeroflot ancestry. The airline will also introduce four new A320-200s which are due to join the fleet in May.[10]


Codeshare agreements[edit]

Nordavia Airlines also has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


A Nordavia Boeing 737-500

The Nordavia fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[12]

Nordavia fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 4 TBA
Boeing 737-500 9 10 100 110
Total 9 4

Accidents and incidents[edit]

former logo of Aeroflot-Nord


  1. ^ ""Норникель" продал 100% акций авиакомпании "Нордавиа"" ["Norilsk Nickel" has sold 100% of shares of "Nordavia" airlines] (in Russian). 
  2. ^ Nordavia Chairman
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Nordavia. Retrieved on 29 June 2010. "Legal address: Russian Federation, 163053, Arkhangelsk, Talagi Airport." – "Контакты." Address in Russian: "163053, г. Архангельск, Аэропорт "Архангельск"."
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 47. 
  5. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  6. ^ "ERA Welcomes Aeroflot-Nord". European Regions Airline Association (ERA). 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Aeroflot-Nord in trouble". BarentsObserver. 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  8. ^ "Russia's Aeroflot airline sells Nordavia for $7 mln — paper". Moscow: RIA Novosti. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Aviaport digest, Dec. 1st, 2011" (in Russian). 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ L, J (6 April 2015). "Nordavia Expands Moscow Domodedovo Service in S15; New Codeshare Partnership with S7 Airlines". Airline Route. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 30. 
  13. ^ "September 14, 2008." Aeroflot. Accessed September 14, 2008.
  14. ^ "Aeroflot-Nord Flight 821 down near Perm". 15 September 2008. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 

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